Senate, Reps process IGP, security agencies on missing journalists


The Senate has charged the Inspector-Original of Police IGP), Usman Alkali, to research the conditions resulting in the disappearance of Tordue Salem, an Abuja-based fully mostly journalist.

This followed the adoption of a point of expose by Orker-Jev Emmanuel Yisa (Benue- North), all the procedure thru Tuesday’s plenary in Abuja.

Citing expose 42 and 52 of the Senate Tips, Mr Yisa famed that Mr Salem, before his disappearance, became a journalist with the Vanguard newspaper overlaying the House of Representatives.

“On October 13 between 8-9pm, Salem went missing and all phone contact with him ceased,” he acknowledged.

He acknowledged that efforts by his family, chums and colleagues to mark his whereabouts proved abortive.

He, on the opposite hand, expressed optimism that the intervention of the Senate may possibly well possibly persuade the police to score to the inspiration of the topic.

Additionally, the House of Representatives has urged all security agencies in the nation to research and secure Mr Salem.

The resolution became a sequel to a unanimous adoption of an Pressing Motion of Public Significance raised by Ndudi Elumelu (PDP-Delta) on the plenary on Tuesday.

Earlier, Mr Elumelu had talked about that Mr Tordue reported for work on the fateful day and became last considered in Garki District before his surprising disappearance.

The lawmaker acknowledged his disappearance became without prolong reported to the security agencies in spite of everything efforts by family and chums to secure him proved abortive.

“Despite qualified efforts by the management of the condo to galvanise the security agencies to resolve his disappearance, there has been no headway.

“This surprising disappearance is an extension of the deteriorating insecurity in the nation’s capital and again questions the effectivity of the security operatives.

“If crucial measures aren’t set up in space to curtail the indiscriminate disappearances of innocent Nigerians living in Abuja, the FCT would rapidly change into a breeding floor for kidnapers and bandits, hence the necessity for urgent investigation,’’ he acknowledged.

The lawmaker acknowledged that he became moved by emotions to sponsor the circulate when the daughter of the missing journalist cried out on his birthday when she can also no longer call her dad as frequent.

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The House resolved and mandated committees on Nationwide Intelligence, Police and Inner Ministry, to interface with the carrier chiefs in expose to secure the missing journalist.

In his ruling, the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, mandated the committee to interface with the carrier chiefs and characterize support to the condo interior two weeks for legislative further actions.


Mr Salem, who studies the House of Representatives for Vanguard newspaper, has been missing since October 13.

Mr Gbajabiamila, had on November 1, asked the security agencies to be distinct the proper return of the missing journalist.

The Clerk to the Nationwide Meeting, Ojo Amos, also expressed unhappiness over the disappearance of Mr Salem, announcing “I am deeply pained that this bad reality is confronting all of us this day.”

The Abuja chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists no longer too lengthy ago held a silent whisper aimed at guaranteeing the return of the journalist.


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